The Accolade

The good, the bad and the ugly of my remote learning 2.0 experience

Senior Aaliyah Magana puts her binder away in her cubic box in a six-by-six foot bookcase, a part of her at-home learning system for the new school year, after the online school day has ended.

Aaliyah Magana

September 21, 2020

I never expected to start the fall semester of my senior year at Sunny Hills like this -- with distance learning 2.0. As the previous school year ended there were rumors from various close friends that the virus would end during the summer months because of the high temperatures and we would be bac...

How I helped my mom overcome her coronavirus infection and gained a new appreciation for first-responders

Alma Garcia (left) celebrates her daughter senior Gianne Veluz’s election to chapter office at the FFA banquet on May 9, 2019. Veluz helped Garcia recover from the coronavirus in early July.

Gianne Veluz

September 17, 2020

It all started with a text message from my mom while I was spending the night at my sister’s apartment in Tarzana: “Gigi, I have bad news. I got a text from work about my [COVID-19] results, and I came out positive.” My mom found out that she tested positive from one of her weekly COVID-19 tests pro...

Flying cross-country during COVID-19 pandemic unmasks many of my fears

Buckled and ready for her first cross-country flight during the coronavirus pandemic, senior Karen Lee sits in her seat on Delta Air Lines as she waits for the pilot to take off from Los Angeles International Airport. The Accolade’s online graphics editor was excused from school for part of Aug. 14 and the whole day of Aug. 17 so she could travel with her parents and older brother, Daniel, to Georgia’s Emory University in Atlanta, where Lee’s brother will be attending his first year of college. Like several other businesses nationwide, airline passengers are required to wear a face mask before they board their flight.

Karen Lee

September 10, 2020

As the flight attendant handed me a snack bag with a pack of Biscoffs, Cheez-Its, a water bottle and a Purell hand sanitizer packet, I reached to take off my mask to eat the snacks. But I paused, thinking about our nation's current state regarding the coronavirus pandemic — 6.3 million people infect...

Meeting out the differences: Google’s much simplified features top Zoom

Hannah Kim

September 5, 2020

Last semester, as our school suddenly transitioned into online learning in mid-March, only two of my seven teachers frequently used Zoom as their main form of video meetings with students. Of the others, three of them recorded their lessons and two utilized Google Meet to teach. This surprised me ...

Zoom’s ranked No. 1 among certain users for a reason

Rebecca Choi

September 5, 2020

Ranked No. 1 in the business category and 4.5 out of five stars from over a million ratings in the App Store, Zoom is the newest, tech-savviest educational platform for our stay-at-home, COVID-19 times. In response to the global pandemic that caused the closure of all Fullerton Joint Union High Sch...

BATTLE OF THE VIRTUAL PLATFORMS

Nine-year-old video conferencing platform Zoom (left) provides advanced options like breakout rooms; for others, 3-year-old competitor Google Meet offers a minimalist, easy-to-understand format without the experience of advanced features.

September 5, 2020

In response to the Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s decision to enter full distance learning for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, two Accolade reporters debate the merits of the main platforms for at-home learning: Google Meet and Zoom. ...

Why I stand with Black Lives Matter

Senior Hanna Oltman uses her iPhone 11 to take an image of protestors in Downtown Fullerton on June 7 chanting for justice after the death of George Floyd.

Hanna Oltman

September 2, 2020

I’ve never been pulled over for looking suspicious. I’ve never been called a racial slur.  I’ve never had a discussion with my parents about how to act if stopped by a police officer.  Why? Simply put, it’s because I’m white. Even though the civil rights movement began 66 years ago in 1954, raci...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Cecilia Lee commits to Yale University after graduating with a full International Baccalaureate diploma

Senior Cecilia Lee is one of the 12 valedictorians for the Class of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Image posted with permission from Cecilia Lee.

Annie Bang

May 19, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting.  Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer: I’m planning on attending Yale University as a molecular, cellular, developmental biology major. ...

Staff Editorial: In a split vote, The Accolade’s editorial board encourages Fullerton Joint Union High School District trustees to opt for pass/no pass grading system for spring semester

Art illustrated by Accolade assistant graphics editor Karen Lee

Annie Bang

April 21, 2020

Accolade editorial board vote count: Six want the pass/no pass system, five want a standard lettering grade. With the coronavirus pandemic, school districts across the country have entered unprecedented times: school closures, online classes and Zoom or Google meetings have become the new norm as ...

March 15: COVID-19 panic leaves several shelves of Amerige Heights Town Center’s Target empty

While on an errand to buy cat food and a lock at Fullerton's Amerige Heights Town Center Target, Accolade co-sports editor Annie Bang and her mother noticed on March 15 several empty shelves that used to contain water bottles, canned goods and other snacks. Photo taken by Accolade co-sports editor Annie Bang.

Annie Bang

March 26, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at  [email protected] Two days af...

No sports games to watch? Well, there’s still Lancer eSports

While the Lancer eSports team can continue CIF league play from each player's home, players are uncertain about their chances of retaining its championship title at the North America Scholastic Esports Federation as that tournament has suspended all league play until further notice because of the coronavirus threat. Image used with permission from Myra Deister.

Annie Bang

March 19, 2020

While the Fullerton Joint Union High School District has canceled or postponed spring sports until May 4, one “sports” activity has yet to be foiled by the coronavirus crisis. As of Thursday, March 19, the Sunny Hills eSports team will continue with its designated competitions for the PlayVS season,...

Senior quarterback ends his high school career with CIF championship and future plans for D2 football

Quarterback and defensive back senior Luke Duxbury escapes from a Bakersfield Christian defender during the CIF State SoCal Regional Division 3-A game Dec. 7 at Bakersfield Christian High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Annie Bang

January 22, 2020

He was only 5 years old when he began playing football.  Over a decade later, he would go on to join Sunny Hills High School’s football team as a freshman and work his way up to the varsity team to finally win a CIF championship ring. Quarterback and defensive back senior Luke Duxbury spent his ...

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School